Celebrations of Life
FOOT, CHRISTOPHER February 7, 1940-October 10, 2018
With great sadness the family of Chris Foot announces his passing at the age of 78 on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Sunnybrook Hospital, surrounded by his wife and two daughters. Chris was son of the late Alan and Eldred (Plaxton) Foot. Predeceased by sister Barbara Quinn, and brothers Doug and Gordie. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years Sue (Elizabeth) (nee Lynn), his daughters Erin (Jan Sorhaug) and Angie (Enzo Del Bianco) and his cherished grandchildren Finn, Liv and Lars Sorhaug. Lovingly remembered by brothers-in-law Paul Quinn and William Lynn (Margaret), cousins, nieces and nephews.
Born in Toronto, Chris grew up on Toronto Island where he met his lifelong friend Eric Johnstone (Ellen). He spent summers sailing at the RCYC and winters crashing through the harbour ice on the Ned Hanlon to reach Jarvis Collegiate on the mainland. Chris’ first career was with the Royal Canadian Navy. As a natural explorer and lover of open water, the Navy seemed a beautiful fit. But a Navy vessel is no sailboat and soon Chris learned the meaning of sea-sickness and chose a different path.
After graduating from McMaster University, and a brief stint as an editor at MacLean-Hunter, Chris found his calling in teaching. He captured his elementary school students’ hearts and minds for 30 years with his bottomless imagination and quirky sense of humour, his love of singing and the ukulele and a devout belief that to be a great educator, you need to think outside of the box. With his strong intuition and empathy, Chris connected deeply with his students and colleagues.
As a dynamic storyteller, Chris had his audiences in stitches and unbeknownst to most, the stories were often true! He was gifted with a unique mastery of etymology and an ability to absorb and develop far-ranging interests. He was a magical ukulele player, inspiring students and fellow musicians with his enthusiasm and was a dedicated member of Corktown UkeJam.
Chris and Sue married in 1967 and settled in Richmond Hill for 43 years. They were devoted members of Richmond Hill United Church. Together, Chris and Sue became part of the community sharing wonderful times at the Mill Pond, the theatre and other activities with many dear friends. That was home, before moving recently to mid-town Toronto.
Chris adored his Sweet Susie, wife and apple of his eye of 51 years. And Sweet Susie adored Chris. He will be greatly missed.
A Celebration of Life service to be held at Jubilee United Church on Saturday, October 20th 2-6 p.m. Service at 2 p.m., reception following. 40 Underhill Drive, Toronto. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CAMH Foundation (mental health), and Doane Uschool (ukulele) supporting accessible musical education for children. www.uschool.ca/support. Condolences welcomed at www.forevermissed.com/chris-foot.
C. STANTON STEVENSON (Stan) August 26, 1931 – September 28, 2018
Stan was the devoted husband of Louise Dawson, father of Geoff (Jan) of Kelowna, Jim of Calgary, Joe of Canmore, Julie of Seattle and David (Alessandra) of Ottawa; and step-father to Scott Dawson of Victoria, Reed Dawson (Sandy) of Toronto. He was the proud grandfather of Jamie and Jessi, Roz and Chase, Jonathan and Kevin, Jimmy and Jasmine and Emma and Dylan. Stan was predeceased by his parents Norma (Cassady) and Carl Stanton Stevenson Sr. and his sister Jean. He is survived by his brother John.
He was educated at Upper Canada College, Princeton University, Trinity College, the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall. During school breaks, he worked first at mining camps in British Columbia and Northern Ontario. Later he did summer stints in the reserves of both the American and Canadian Navy. Stan practiced law as a partner or associate of Owen, Dickey Stevenson (Barrie), Ivey and Dowler, Stevenson, Evans and Polishuk (London), Blake Cassels & Graydon (Toronto) and Ontario Hydro (Assistant Secretary). Stan’s specialties were construction, engineering and municipal law. He received his Queen’s Counsel appointment in 1974. He was an enthusiastic instructor in the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course and the University of Waterloo Construction Management Program, as well as the mentor of many articling students who have since distinguished themselves. Over the years, he served as Chair of the London Motor Club, Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario, Metropolitan Toronto Boys and Girls Club and was an active member of the Kiwanis Club in several cities. Always civic minded, he was happy to be involved in and to lend his expertise to various local planning and development issues. He was an ardent farmer and cottager and especially adept canoeist but his greatest joy was always his family.
Friends who would wish to raise a toast to a life well-lived are invited to do so October 21st from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Simple Alternative, 275 Lesmill Road, North York. In Stan’s memory, donations may be made to Mood Disorders Association of Ontario or to North York General Hospital Foundation.
We hold in love and prayer, Stan’s wife Louise and all of his family and friends.
WILLIAM HERBERT SMYTH 1935 – 2018 After several years of health challenges, Bill passed away on Saturday, June 30th surrounded by his family. Bill is survived by his loving wife Catherine (nee Sharp), his sons David (Barbara Steed) and Paul (Nanette) as well as grandchildren Mackenzie (Derek Griffioen), Megan, Janet, Michael, Hannah and Cameron. Born and raised in Belfast, N. Ireland, Bill followed his sister Eileen and brother-in-law Stan Cox to Canada in 1952. After several years as a draftsman, he entered OCE and qualified as a technical teacher. Hired by the Scarborough Board of Education in 1962, Bill rapidly advanced and retired in 1994 as a Supervisory Officer. In retirement, he enjoyed getting together with family and friends at the cottage, golf, travel and dinners with friends. Need I add the odd little tipple of Irish in there?
A celebration of Bill’s life will be held on Monday, July 23rd at 11:00 a.m. at Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive with visitation on Sunday, July 22nd 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. and Monday at 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Bill’s memory to Heart and Stroke, Cancer Society, Jubilee United Church or a charity of your choosing.
HIGGINS, MARY ANNA Passed away with peace and grace on June 26th at North York General Hospital in her 82nd year. Survived by her daughters Kelly of Toronto, and Maureen (Kevin) of Georgetown, granddaughter Jayden, and granddog Marley. She is also survived by her many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews whom she loved. She was predeceased by Alexander Malcolm Nicholson (father), Marian Nicholson (mother), Ruth Dibbs (sister) and Alexander Nicholson (brother). She was fortunate enough to spend her last few years of life with her partner Ralph Beals.
Mary Anna was born on February 24th, 1937 at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. She went back to Saskatchewan by train at 6 weeks of age with her mother, to be with her family. After high school, she moved to Toronto to pursue studies in Music at the University of Toronto. She became a teacher and settled in North York, both to work and live. At the North York Board of Education, she taught Strings and English. Her last position before retirement was as a Program Consultant of Music. During her working years, she was also the Director of Music at Parkwoods United Church. Throughout her retirement, she enjoyed playing for weddings and church services, both at Parkwoods United Church and Jubilee United Church. Most recently, she brought her passion of music to the residents at her Revera retirement home, where she and Ralph would put on concerts. She will be always remembered as a loving mother and grandmother and whose greatest enthusiasm was music and the gift it gave others.
A memorial service will be held at Jubilee United Church on Friday, July 20th at 1pm. The family wishes to thank Dr. Ingber, Dr. Weisz, and the North York General Hospital chemo clinic for their care and support during her cancer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Myeloma Canada, or the charity of your choice.
PATERSON, GWENDOLINE MARGARET (GWENDA) (nee FYFE) It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Gwenda after a fierce four year battle with cancer, on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at North York General Hospital with her daughter CJ Mesenchuk (nee Paterson) by her side. She survived to enjoy the birth and first years of her grandchildren Robert (aged 3) and Elizabeth (aged 1). Loving sister of Marilyn Wiebe and remembered by her son-in-law Chris Mesenchuk, niece Michelle Williams (Matt) and nephew Richard Wiebe (Michelle). Gwenda was an accomplished accountant who will be sadly missed by her staff, clients, family and friends both for her stellar work and her considerable baking skills. Family and friends are welcome to attend her funeral on Thursday, July 12th at Jubilee United Church. Visitation is at 12 p.m., service at 1 p.m. Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr., North York, ON M3A 2J5, 416-447-6846. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to Jubilee United Church and Wheels of Hope.
MANCHUL, Edward Donald P. Eng November 18, 1926 – May 31, 2018. Ed passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in West Park LTC. He was the loving husband of Marion for 68 wonderful years of marriage. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughters Lee Ann and Lynn, his son-in-law Mike Devlin and his two grandchildren, Eddie and Megan, whom he doted on. He will also be fondly remembered by his sister Irene Murray and brother-in-law Bill Murray and cherished by his many family members and friends. Born in Rivers, Man., Ed graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering. He went on to become a successful civil engineer, working on infrastructure projects across the country with Public Works Canada. He also attended the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program later in his career. That prepared him to complete his professional life as Director General, Ontario Region with the agency. He was an accomplished golfer and a talented storyteller with a remarkable sense of humour. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Del Manor Wynford, Mosiac Home Care and West Park LTC for their care and compassion.
Friends and family are invited for a Celebration of Life on June 3 from 2-4pm at the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre (375 Mount Pleasant Road, east gate entrance). In lieu of flowers, donations to a charity of choice in Ed’s honour would be appreciated. For online condolences, please visit etouch.ca.
There will be no formal service, but instead a gathering of friends as noted above.
HODGINS, Margaret Barbara (nee WILLIAMS) On Sunday, April 22, 2018 surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her devoted husband of 53 years, Daryl R. Hodgins and her parents, the Rev. Milton and Jessie Williams. Survived by sons Glenn (Ann), Eric (Coleen) and Murray (Catherine) and daughter Andrea (Scott). Loving grandma to Kalliopi (Avi), Alicia, Morgan, Hilary, Timothy, Gwen and Cole and great-grandma to Talia and Rahm. Survived by her cousin Joyce Williams and brother-in-law Warren (Isolde), nephew Myke and niece Tess (Guy). Barb attended Branksome Hall and the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and received her ARCT in piano performance from the Royal Conservatory. A gifted organist, she played first at her father’s church and then served as music director of the St. Mark’s United Church choir. This group became the nucleus of the Amadeus Choir and Barb was its director for a period of 10 years. More recently, she was organist and choir director at St. John’s United Church in Scarborough. Also a busy and enthusiastic piano teacher, she touched the lives of many young musicians over the years. Barb shared with her husband Daryl a love of the family cottage in Killarney, especially when it was filled with her family and friends and she had a special knack for catching the biggest fish of all. One of the many gifts she gave her children was an appreciation of the outdoors, encouraging them to explore the remote parts of Canada through Camp Wanapitei. A gentler, kinder soul never walked the earth. Visitation Friday, April 27th, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, ON M1S 1T3. Funeral Service Saturday, April 28th at 11 a.m., Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Drive, North York, ON M3A 2J5. Interment to follow at Highland Memory Gardens, 33 Memory Gardens Lane, Willowdale, Ontario M2H 3K4. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Barb’s name to the Amadeus Choir, or the Alzheimer Society of Canada. Online condolences at ogdenfuneralhome.com.
THOMSON, Elizabeth Shaw (nee MacVicar), Bess to those who know her, passed away on March 25, 2018 after years of health issues. Beloved wife of the late Donald James Thomson. Loving mother to Anne (Robert), David (Jennifer) and Iona (Paul). Proud Nana to Adrian, Alexandra (Adam), Calvin, Trey, Cole, Deanna, Darren, Megan and great Nana to Lily, Owen and Georgia. Dear sister to Cathie, Helen and Mary (deceased). Celebration of Life to be held at Jubilee United Church at 1pm on Saturday March 31, 2018. Reception to follow service. Mom loved flowers and bright colours and in honour of this we would ask that you wear your favourite colourful spring outfit to the celebration. Private internment to be held at a later date. Donations can be made to your charity of choice if you wish.
HENVILLE, Michael It is with great sadness that the family of Charles Michael Henville announces his passing after a short illness on Friday, March 9, 2018. Michael was born (1943.04.30), on the beautiful island of St. Kitts, to parents Frank and Phyllis Henville. He studied electrical engineering in England before moving to Jamaica where he worked for the Government as well as completing post graduate studies at the University of the West Indies. In 1979, he and his family moved to Toronto. In Canada, he worked for Ontario Hydro and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). He is survived by Barbara, his wife of 47 years, his sister Dawn, brother Charlie (Gabrielle Fay), children Christopher (Simone Waite) and Philip. Michael was loved by his family and will be fondly remembered by his 4 grandchildren, Miguel, Maya, Charlie and Carys. He will be greatly missed by his many relatives, friends and colleagues in Canada, the Caribbean, and England. Memorial Visitation will be held at Jerrett Funeral Home, 660 Kennedy Road, Toronto, on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. A Memorial Service will be held at Jubilee United Church,40 Underhill Drive, Toronto, on Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for donations be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
KALANDA, Mary Elizabeth (nee MacVicar) passed away on February 4, 2018. Mary was the loving wife to Brian Kalanda, doting mother to Robert and Kevin, supportive mother-in-law to Kristen Oliver and devoted friend to many others. Mary fought a very courageous battle from post- surgical complications. Mary was family first, but always found time to be an active member at Jubilee United Church and Delta Gamma, along with many other charitable organizations. The visitation and memorial services will be at Jubilee United Church at 40 Underhill Drive. The visitation services will be on Saturday, February 10th from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 11th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., followed by the memorial service to be held on Monday, February 12th at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.